Fort Scott beats ACCC women

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Pulling up for a jumper just outside the lane is Allen County Community College’s Breanna Shaw (11) as she shoots over Fort Scott Community College’s Sherokee Bloodworth (10). Visiting Fort Scott beat ACCC 60-51 Wednesday night.

Off-court decisions impacted on-court production here Wednesday night for Allen County Community College’s Red Devil women.
“It’s disappointing that some of our players cannot make the right decisions and be very selfish. Tonight’s performance was an embarrassment as is the situation we have here,” said Andy Hamilton, ACCC women’s head coach, following a 60-51 loss at home against Fort Scott Community College’s Lady Greyhounds.
Hamilton said off-court issues forced him to suspend several players for team violations. He wouldn’t specify the violations nor did he say when players were be reinstated.
“I want to apologize to our administration, our fans and the community. It’s disheartening for our team to still be floundering around like this with the talent we have,” Hamilton said.
“Outside of our big two (scorers) we’re still waiting for others to step up. With the suspensions, it hurt us depth wise and talent wise.”
Hamilton said he wanted to give Fort Scott credit. He said the Lady Greyhounds did the little things against Allen County to allow them to be successful.
“They beat us in every facet of the game tonight,” Hamilton said.
Allen County’s defense allowed it to break away from an 8-8 tie. Nicole Rockhold scored on a fast break with a nice pass from Aeriss McNeese.
It was right back at you time following another Fort Scott turnover. Rockhold made the pass to McNeese for the layup.
Danielle Best drilled a three for ACCC with 6:32 left in the first half. The Red Devils were up 15-8 and kept the Lady Greyhounds at bay to lead 23-19 at halftime.
That all changed in the second half. By the 17:48 mark, Fort Scott had tied the game at 26-26.
Down 30-26, Allen County sophomore Jennifer House scored then Dysyan Malone ripped a three-pointer to put ACCC back on top. It didn’t last long as Fort Scott’s Valencia Kelly hit a three-pointer.
The game was tied once more, 33-33, when Breanna Shaw had a putback for ACCC. That was with 14:24 left.
The Lady Greyhounds went on a 17-5 run to lead 50-38. Allen County trimmed it back to a seven-point game, 50-43, with 4:52 remaining.
Shaw, who finished with 15 points and four steals, hit a three-pointer for ACCC. Malone’s basket at the 2:09 mark made it 54-48.
Fort Scott held off Allen County for the win. The loss puts ACCC at 0-3 in Jayhawk Eastern Division play and 6-9 overall.
Allen County hosts NJCAA Division II 12th-ranked Highland (11-5) Saturday. Tipoff is 6 p.m.
The Red Devils shot 30.5 percent, 18 of 59, from the field and went 12 of 24 at the free-throw line.
House had nine points and 11 rebounds. Malone ended up with seven points and eight rebounds and McNeese had eight points.
Kelly led Fort Scott with 20 points and Brittany Demery had 11 points. The Lady Greyhounds were 24 of 66, 36 percent from the field and downed 7 of 11 free throw attempts.
Allen County (23-28—51) (FG/3-pt): Clark 1-1-2-3, Shaw 4/1-4-1-15, Malone 2/1-0-5-7, Best 1/1-0-0-5, McNeese 3-2-1-8, Rockhold 1-2-4-4, House 3-3-2-9. TOTALS: 15/3-12-15-51.
Fort Scott (19-41—60) (FG/3-pt): Stanbaugh 1-0-1-2, Bloodworth 0-0-1-0, Teich 0/2-0-3-6, Hampton 0-5-3-5, Mattox 3-0-2-6, Demery 5-1-3-11, Kelly 5/3-1-2-20, Hathaway 4-0-3-8, Okoroukwo 0-0-1-0, Jackson 1-0-1-2. TOTALS: 19/5-7-20-60.